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I love Christmas movies, and this is the season of when all the good holiday movies come out. The Key To Christmas is a good example. The actors are great and the storyline is really inspirational. If you like Christmas you will definitely like this movie. This really shows the true magic of Christmas and how people can change.

The storyline is about an elf named Winey (Samriddhi Singh) who is always getting into trouble with Santa and she does not like Christmas. Winey decides to revisit the past in a time machine and ruin Christmas forever. She messes with time and, guess what? Santa stops growing and stays a teenager! While he is a teenager he is always giving up so he cannot help the other elves. As time goes by, Santa gets younger instead of older and Winey and her elf friend ruin Christmas, or they try to.

This film has great acting. The actors have amazing energy and are fun to watch. The costumes are superb. The sets are terrific. For example, the Christmas factory set is so pretty with toys everywhere and Christmas decorations on everything. There is a cool time machine in Santa's office and tons of other great things. This film is so enjoyable movie to watch from start to finish.

The message in this film is to think before you act, because you can get hurt or get other people hurt. You could even get in trouble.

I rate The Key To Christmas 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18. You can find it online and on DVD October 17, 2020.

By Sara Lea G., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 10.

There's just something magical about the holiday season and the movie The Key to Christmas! In this film a disgruntled elf sees her opportunity to displace Santa Claus by "gifting" him with youth. Holy Nutcracker Santa takes a forced holiday and the mayhem that ensues is sure to entertain your family.

The Key to Christmas opens with traditional holiday scenes, delightfully accompanied by the magical work of music composer Thomas Beckman which really sets the holiday mood. A girl, Kirra (Camryn Macdonald), surprises Santa (Scott Osborne) as he delivers gifts and he mistakenly gives her a special gift which obviously was not meant for her. Santa promises to fix Christmas. Meanwhile back at the North Pole, there's a rebellion which complicates things as Mrs. Clause is placed in Candy Cane Jail. It's up to our favorite elf Lovey (Katherine Alpen) and Kirra to find the key that Santa left behind.

I love the perfectly cast Katherine Alpen in her goofy and adorable role as Lovey. The other heroine, Kirra, played by Camryn Macdonald really steals the show. Her facial expressions and emotions really come through as her character struggles to believe in the wonder and magic of Santa Claus and Christmas. Without giving anything away, the scenes searching for the lost key and Kirra's disbelief are really timely and funny. Jason Mills is the Director, Executive Producer, Cameraman, Editor, Set Designer and Writer, among other roles. It's safe to say this is a Jason Mills' film. It's a special story as the cast races to save the future of Christmas.

The message of this film is to never stop believing in the magic of Christmas and the goodness of others. Do you believe? You may have to rise above your doubts and fears to overcome challenges, believe in yourself and the righteousness of your cause to prevail.

I rate The Key to Christmas 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 2 to 8, plus adult family members. The Key to Christmas is available on Digital and DVD October 17, 2020. Look for it.

By Selene W., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 12

The Key to Christmas is a well put together and silly movie that will attract young viewers. The constant action really kept my attention. There are no moments of boredom and it has a good message.

Santa gets frazzled because of all the mistakes made by the head elf, Winnie. He fires her and she becomes angry and vengeful and comes up with an evil idea of turning the clock back, locking up Santa and sending him backward in time. Once he is a teenager, he comes up with ideas to try and get the other key back from Kirra.

The sets and costumes of the movie are very basic, but creative. The exciting story drew attention away from that. The soundtrack is exciting and really sets the tone. The plot is very predictable, but exciting and captivating, nonetheless. The characters' progressions are done well and individual to each.

The message of this film is to not lose hope and, if you are good, good things will happen and kindness prevails!

I give The Key to Christmas 4 out of 5 stars. Because of the level of anger and yelling I recommend The Key to Christmas for ages 5 to18, plus adults. This film is available on digital and DVD October 17, 2020. Look for it. Reviewed by Melissa M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Reviewer

When a disgruntled elf sees her chance to take over the North Pole, she uses a magical machine to turn time backwards on Jolly Old Santa Claus and he begins getting younger-- and fast! With Mrs. Claus captured and in candy cane jail, it's up to a loyal elf, a little girl with a magical key, and the now-teenage Santa to turn forward the hands of time and save the future of Christmas.
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